Today's News

  • Red Cross workers help storm victims

    Local American Red Cross workers continue to help in hurricane-stricken areas in Texas and Louisiana.

    Lancaster resident Robert Summers will soon be on his way home from his duties as a site manager in Houston, where Hurricane Ike hit hard. It's the first time he's ever served as a site manager in a disaster area.

    He coordinated about 107 Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention volunteers, who helped feed families affected by the storm. The storm knocked out electricity for thousands, tore down trees and blew roofs off of homes.

    Feeding storm victims

  • Bulldogs trip AJ in 24-14 win

    KERSHAW – Camden used a ball-control “grind-it-offense” to amass 437 yards of total offense and defeat pesky Andrew Jackson High School 24-14 at rain-soaked Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.The game was a defensive struggle as Camden’s Addison Harrelson’s 29-yard field goal was the only points of the first half.“We made a couple of mistakes tonight that probably would have been,” AJ coach Louis Clyburn said.

  • Turnovers thwart Bruins

    Opportunistic Northwestern High School rained on Lancaster High School’s football parade on a rainy Friday night.The second-ranked Trojans, 5-0, took advantage of LHS turnovers to knock the Bruins from the unbeaten ranks in a 27-7 win at Memorial Stadium.A trio of turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – helped NWHS build a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-point win.“We dug ourselves a hole and never recovered,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said.

  • Late score lifts Lions over Jackets

    BUFORD – The Buford Yellow Jackets hosted the Lewisville Lions, sloppy conditions, as well as a Conference III-A football clash Friday night. The Jackets and Lions were deadlocked through this contest until the game’s waning moments.Lewisville converted a key turnover to turn back the Jackets, 21-12.Buford, 2-3, 0-2, was the first to strike, coming off a 53-yard touchdown run from junior running back Andrew Jennings.

  • Warriors' second-half charge sparks 20-0 win over Knights

    BOONETOWN – This time, in timely fashion, Indian Land finished in a flurry.Warriors’ coach Mike Mayer said the manner Indian Land had finished games in two of its three losses had been an IL concern.“We hadn’t finished the game well and if we had, our record would probably be better,” Mayer said. “Those past games we couldn’t do much about. Tonight, with the game in the balance, we stepped up and made a statement with our second-half play.

  • Mule calfnaps bovine baby at Snipes farm

    A strange love story unfolded at Ben Snipes' mule farm last week.

    The tale involves a maternal male mule named Blackie, and the confused newborn heifer he stole from a herd of Brahma cattle in the pasture he shares with the cows.

    This isn't the first time that Blackie has displayed his maternal instincts.

    He did it two months ago. When separated from that calf, he broke a gate and leapt a fence, breaking the top board as he went over, trying to get to his beloved "foster child."

  • In trying times, folks will unite

    The United Way of Lancaster County’s kickoff offered reason to celebrate.

    The recent breakfast event, launching the local United Way’s 51st year, featured a helping of the customary early-morning fare of sausage, scrambled eggs and biscuits.

    The food had to have a taste of victory since the United Way’s board of directors said $450,000 was raised last year, topping the goal of $400,000.

    Those numbers had to produce smiles for the attendees at the thought of trying financial times here and across the state and nation.

  • Courthouse cost options: Sales tax or property tax

    In the Nov. 4 general election, voters of Lancaster County will have an opportunity to express their opinion as to whether sales tax charged in the county should be increased by 1 percent to pay for construction of a new county courthouse.

    The vote is not whether or not to build such a facility. That has already been decided. County Council is on record as expressing the need for a new courthouse and declaring that one will be built.

    We elect council members to use their best judgment in county matters and to make sound decisions when called for.

  • Utility eases water restrictions

    Just in time for the fall planting season, regional water officials say it's OK to use water outdoors two days a week.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group said residents may water their lawns two days a week through Nov. 30. This provides the opportunity for some additional landscape watering during the fall planting season, along with other outdoor water uses.

    Before Wednesday's announcement, residents could only water their lawns or wash their cars one day on weekends.

  • Save trees, vote against Mulvaney

    As usual, I read the majority of Mick Mulvaney’s recent “Statehouse Report” with little interest.

    As usual, he takes credit for the few “good” things coming out of the state capital, while ignoring all of the bad things like this year’s multi-million dollar budget deficit that he was actually involved in.

    Ignoring the deficit, he brags about the Department of Commerce spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for yet another planning study when Lancaster County already has a development plan.